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South Korea says North Korea fires 3 short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters

South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok says the North fired two missiles Saturday morning and another in the afternoon. He says the North's intent was unclear.

In March, North Korea tested two short-range missiles off its east coast.

U.S. officials say North Korea recently withdrew two mid-range missiles believed to be capable of reaching Guam after moving them to the east coast earlier this year.

The launches of short-range missiles come amid signs of diplomacy after weeks of warlike threats from North Korea.